It’s well known that too much cola can increase your risk of developing diabetes and obesity and now it appears that kidney problems might be added to the list.
“In a study published in the journal Epidemiology, the team compared the dietary habits of 465 people with chronic kidney disease and 467 healthy people. After controlling for various factors, the team found that drinking two or more colas a day â€” whether artificially sweetened or regular â€” was linked to a twofold risk of chronic kidney disease.
It appears that the phosphoric acid seems to increase the risk of kidney stones, renal failure and other conditions affecting the kidneys.
I’ve got to say, the very thought of getting kidney stones is more than enough reason for me not to drink cola. I’ve known a few people who have had them and from what they have all said, the pain is excruciating. Worse than giving birth was the comment from one lady who has two children.
Just on the subject of kidney stones, drinking plenty of water will help to prevent them, so that’s just another reason to make sure you keep yourself hydrated.
The study also found that drinking two or more noncola carbonated drinks did not increase the risk of chronic kidney disease.
This is an interesting video from diet.com with their top 5 worst meal replacement bars.
I don’t buy these myself as I prefer fresh fruit and vegetables to snack on but I know many people who eat these thinking they are healthy and low in fat. Packaging plays a major part in this and like always, you really do need to read the labels carefully. Just because a product has words like healthy or 99% fat free doesn’t meant that they are good for you or low in fat.
The criterion used to select these particular products is total calories, caloric density, saturated fat, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
A new study conducted by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency found that people under the age of 35 who used solariums increased their risk of forming a dangerous melanoma skin cancer by an alarming 98 per cent.
The study also found using a solarium just once increased an individualâ€™s chance of developing the rarest and deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma by 22 per cent.
Last year, the dangers of using solariums was highlighted by a very brave and young Clare Oliver who passed away at the age of 26 from skin cancer in September.
Clare was a regular user of solariums and also sun baked regularly at the beach but after discovering a lump under her arm which was later diagnosed as melanoma.
She worked hard in her final weeks to make the public aware of the dangers of solariums and sun baking. Clare Oliver Melanoma Fund